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UC Berkeley's Art, Technology, and Culture lecture series, founded in 1997, is an internationally known forum for presenting new ideas that challenge conventional wisdom about technology and culture. This series, free of charge and open to the public, presents artists, writers, curators, and scholars who consider contemporary issues at the intersection of aesthetic expression, emerging technologies, and cultural history, from a critical perspective. Home (list of speakers, directions, join mailing list): ATC Home Page

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"The contraption I'd like to show is part of a modular electronic musical instrument, called the 200e. This particular module, called the Polyphonic Rhythm Generator, when used in conjunction with some sound generating modules, forms a ridiculously sophisticated metronome that finds application in odd meter music such as commonly found in Eastern Europe and Africa, but has only occurred in Western music in the last century or so. We shall attempt to explain various details of the device,...
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Beginning with an introduction to the Association of Freed Time, this talk by Pierre Huyghe focuses on time based projects and exhibitions, scripted situations, and the construction of scenarios. While presenting his work, Huyghe discusses a variety of methodologies, taking into consideration the exhibition as a form, the formats of representation as exhibition venues (theater, cinema, books, newspapers, parks...), placement and timing, the 'becoming image' of things, the exhibition versus the...
Topics: Pierre Huyghe, Art, Technology, Culture, Colloquium, ATC, UC Berkeley, University of California,...
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In the summer of 2003, the Louvre mounted a large exhibition of Leonardo da Vinci’s paintings, drawings and manuscripts. Within this exhibition there were several curious objects: four pairs of video editing monitors and a large-screen projection of digital images of The Last Supper. These objects constituted an "intervention" by Irish artist James Coleman. The video monitors displayed drawings from Leonardo’s notebooks, which return us to a moment prior to the division of art...
Topics: Kaja Silverman, Art, Technology, Culture, Colloquium, ATC, UC Berkeley, University of California,...
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Within the contemporary art world a group of artists--including Erwin Redl, Leo Villareal, and Jennifer Steinkamp, among others--explore light, color, abstraction, and movement within a technological foundation. These artists might be regarded as the "black swans" of new media art (Richard Rinehart, 2012) since their work foregrounds the aesthetic, situating their work outside the dominant dialogue surrounding Post-Internet art. So what's the point of making art that resembles...
Topics: atc, lecture, joanne, northrup, light, color, abstraction, berkeley center for new media, media...
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Okwui Enwezor's presentation will draw from four works in progress. Two are books: The Postcolonial Constellation: Contemporary Art in a State of Permanent Transitions, and Archaeology of the Present: The Postcolonial Archive, Photography and African Modernity. Two are exhibition projects: Snap Judgments: Recent Positions in Contemporary African Photography, and On Governmentality: Techniques and Technologies of Critique, Dissent, Resistance and Solidarity in Contemporary Art.
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Vito Acconci, "Everything I Know Will Be Yours: Surveillance In Plein Air" Bio The influential, provocative and often radical art-making practices of Vito Acconci have earned him international recognition. Acconci has been a vital presence in contemporary art since the late 1960s; his confrontational and ultimately political works have evolved from writing through conceptual art, bodyworks, performance, film, video, multimedia installation and architectural sculpture. In the 1970s,...
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Even if "race" is a scientifically empty concept, ethnic differences and body type still play a significant role in the social and economic politics of our time. How have digital artists tried to work through the visual politics of racial identities? What is at stake in the "skin play" available to those who inhabit artificial worlds? How do such representations imply a certain ethics of social relation? In the 2009 essay "The Face and The Public: Race, Secrecy and...
Topics: new media, race, new media art, art history, Jennifer González, Georgio Agamben, Emannual Levinas,...
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Art as a Catalyst: A Discussion about Art, Technology and Culture 11 September 2013 Bot & Dolly Studios, San Francisco, CA Hosted by UC Berkeley and Cal's Art, Technology, and Culture series How does art enhance technical creativity and innovation? This exclusive San Francisco event will feature art, film, and robots. Speakers including Michael Grey, Tiffany Shlain, Eric Paulos, Greg Niemeyer, and Ken Goldberg will lead a discussion about art, technology and the exciting activities and...
Topics: art, technology, culture, lecture, colloquium, tiffany shlain, ken goldberg, eric paulos, greg...
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Telesthesia: How Class and Power work in the Post-Internet Age The most resonant slogan of Occupy Wall Street is "we are the 99%!" But who are the one percent? The popular answer is "Wall Street." But to think about this more closely, perhaps the question to ask is: how do the most advanced means of computing and communication of our time create new class relations? Perhaps this isn't your grand-parents capitalism we are now living in. Perhaps there are intra-class struggles...
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ABSTRACT Flesh is circulating. Organs are extracted and exchanged. Limbs detached from a dead body can be reanimated on a living body. Ova are fertilized by sperm that was once frozen. The skin cells from an impotent male can now become sperm cells. And more interestingly the skin cells from female bodies can be re-engineered into sperm cells. The face of a donor body becomes a third face on the recipient. Cadavers can be preserved forever with plastination whilst comatose bodies can be...
Topics: stelarc, berkeley, BCNM, ken goldberg, new media, adam susaneck, susan miller, anatomy, performance...
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"Things" are controversial assemblages of entangled issues, and not simply objects sitting apart from our political passions. The entanglements of things and politics engage activists, artists, politicians, and intellectuals. To assemble this parliament, rhetoric is not enough and nor is eloquence; it requires the use of all the technologies -- especially information technology -- and the possibility for the arts to re-present anew what are the common stakes. This talk will debrief...
Topics: Bruno Latour, Art, Technology, Culture, Colloquium, ATC, UC Berkeley, University of California,...
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When people talk about socially-engaged art, they often frame it as a trade-off: As social engagement increases, the artfulness and conceptual rigor decreases. Are there ways to get out of this impasse? This lecture explores recent experiments in socially-engaged art and performance, focusing particularly upon artists who conceive social problems as formal puzzles. Surveying key questions and issues in aesthetics and media history, the talk lingers an artists and art groups such as Rimini...
Topics: Shannon Jackson, Art Technology Culture Colloquium, Berkeley ATC, UC Berkeley, Ken Goldberg, Adam...
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"This presentation is dedicated to Nam June Paik, who passed on to that great cathode ray tube in the sky on January 30, 2006, at the age of 73. Steve Beck postulates that we are entering a ""post-digital"" era in which tools for image making, sound, music, and communications are mature and ubiquitous. How do we use these tools wisely, and what might be their implications and consequences? What becomes of visual language, sensory and optimal perception? Will diffusion...
Topics: Stephen Beck, Art, Technology, Culture, Colloquium, ATC, UC Berkeley, University of California,...
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Tarek Atoui, “DeafSpace and Making Musical Instruments” Art, Technology, and Culture Colloquium March 9, 2015, 7:30-9:00pm The David Brower Center, Berkeley CA Co-presented with the MATRIX program at the Berkeley Art Museum. About the talk: Atoui will present several of his ongoing projects each of which propose original methods for making instruments and the possibilities they open in terms of collaboration, performance and composition. In the Dahlem Sessions and the Reverse Sessions,...
Topics: music, art, activism, instruments, deaf
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What is a work of art in the age of $120,000 art degrees? Caroline Woolard Artist and Organizer, Brooklyn   Art, Technology, and Culture Colloquium January 26, 2015, 7:30-9:00pm The David Brower Center, Berkeley CA  What are the implications of debt, rent, and precarity on culture in the 21st century? This talk presents recent findings about the poverty rates, rent burdens, and actual occupations of artists by BFAMFAPhD, as well as the power of solidarity art economy institutions to reproduce...
Topics: social practice, debt, art, activism
"Of CAVEs and Curiosity: Imaging and Imagination in Collaborative Research" In the KeckCAVES visualization facility at UC Davis, one can walk into a snowflake or fly over a landslide. Images from around space and time flicker into existence as researchers interact with their data in three dimensions. Among the sights to be seen are ancient microbes, chaotic attractors, and the surface of Mars; and, now, the beginnings of a vortex of dreams, a virtual installation built from the inner...
Topics: ATC, lecture, visualization, curiosity, dreams, vortex, art installation, lecture, tromble, sumner,...
Bernard Stiegler's Keynote lecture from Digital Inquiry: Forms of Knowledge in the Age of New Media April 27- 28, 2012 Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall, UC Berkeley The two day symposium will bring together interdisciplinary scholars, artists, and media industry representatives to reflect on the nature of knowledge in the digital age. How do the tools of new media transform the questions we ask, how do they enable new questions, and how do they foreclose other questions? Panels will...
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Within the visual arts, software is a misunderstood medium. It's dismissed by some and championed by others, but it remains an enigma to most. Certainly, software is the dominant tool for design and production, but it can be more. Will software emerge as the next prominent art medium in the post-photographic world? What is a software studio? What is unique about working with software in the context of the visual arts? How does an artist learn to write software? Casey Reas has written custom...
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"Ten years ago, as the result of a recurrent cancer, my left leg (quite literally by then 'a drag') was amputated high above the knee. Six months or so after this operation, I was ready for my first prosthetic leg and began to learn to walk again. Thus, for me, there is a certain scandal in the recent rush by cultural theorists to embrace 'the prosthetic' as metaphor -- and not because I find such metaphorical usage offensive in some facile sense that privileges...
Topics: Vivian Sobchack, Art, Technology, Culture, Colloquium, ATC, UC Berkeley, University of California,...
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Traditionally used to refer to the degradation of an image when compressed as a digital JPG file, “lossy” is a state in which digital information is discarded for the sake of file size. Resolution is lost, detail is changed and fineness is compromised. In this process, however, extra pixels may also be added, ultimately transforming and re-authoring the resulting Doppelgänger image. Long interested in issues of analog-to-digital mistranslations, public access, and flows of information and...
Topics: new media, syjuco, new media art, networks, systems, berkeley, uc berkeley
"The land project was initiated by Rirkrit and Kamin Letchaiprasert as a self-sustaining environment emerging from the artistic community. The land is located in the northern part of Thailand, near the village of Sanpathong, 20 km southwest from the provincial city of Chiang Mai. It is intended to be cultivated as an open space or community free from ownership, with elements favoring discussions and experimentation in the fields of culture. The land is open to the day-to-day activities of...
Topics: Rirkrit Tirvanija, Art, Technology, Culture, Colloquium, ATC, UC Berkeley, University of...
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Miranda July will present her work in film, fiction, performance, web and audio. If you have seen her feature film, Me and You and Everyone We Know, and are wondering how it came to be, this evening will give you some insight. Miranda also has some questions that you will perhaps be able to resolve for her. Quality A: Great V: Poor
Topics: Miranda July, Art, Technology, Culture, Colloquium, ATC, UC Berkeley, University of California,...
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Rirkrit Tiravanija, “The Way Things Go” Art, Technology, and Culture Colloquium February 23, 2015, 7:30-9:00pm The David Brower Center, Berkeley CA Co-presented with the Arts Research Center, Berkeley Center for New Media, The Brower Center, and the UC Berkeley Art Practice Department along with the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts About the lecture:  Well-known for installations which invite viewers to cook, share meals, and interact with one another, Rirkrit Tiravanija is widely...
Topics: Art, social practice, Asia, activism
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"This lecture is dedicated to the memory of Robert Moog. Lanier claims that many people have the wrong idea about ""Digital Information"" and how to use it, and that a tough reassessment of computation could get us unstuck so we can have new musical styles and be soulful again. According to Lanier, pop music in America is in a bizarre state. This is the first time since electrification that a new musical style hasn't appeared with a new generation. Hip Hop, weird...
Topics: Jaron Lanier, Art, Technology, Culture, Colloquium, ATC, UC Berkeley, University of California,...
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"In this talk, Dr. Shlain will present the compelling thesis of his 1991 monograph. Shlain observes that as visual artists such as Cezanne and Monet moved away from literal representation and realism in the late 19th century, researchers in physics traced a parallel trajectory away from newtonian models of deterministic motion towards far less intuitive models of relativity and statistical quantum physics. Shlain identifies a range of surprising parallels: between Seurat's pointillism and...
Topics: Leonard Shlain, Art, Technology, Culture, Colloquium, ATC, UC Berkeley, University of California,...
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Material Evidence: Scientific Inquiry, Sensory Experience, and the Creative Process Modern institutions emphasize technology and the scientific method to explain our experience of nature, leading to a sense of personal alienation and loss of intimacy with our natural environment. Starting with data as a conceptual basis, Segal’s work seeks to incorporate scientific inquiry as a sensory experience manifested as physical sculptural forms that reveal trends, patterns, processes and the unseen...
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"Prof. Lee received her B.A from Yale University and her Ph.D in the Department of Fine Arts from Harvard University. She also studied at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program. Her area is the art, theory and criticism of late modernism with a historical focus on the 1960s and 1970s. Among other journals, her work has appeared in October, Artforum, Assemblage, Res: Anthropology and Aesthetics, Les Cahiers du Musee national...
Topics: Pamela Lee, Art, Technology, Culture, Colloquium, ATC, UC Berkeley, University of California,...
Christine Van Assche is the curator of the Pompidou Center in Paris.
Topics: Christine Van Assche, UC Berkeley, UC, University of California, Berkeley, Art Technology Culture...
Capturing Visual Consciousness: A Tale of Two Eyes, One Brain, One Hand, and One Pen Twins Ryan and Trevor Oakes invented a remarkable mechanism that separates the images projected from each eye so the user can scan the world with one eye and draw it with the other, as if tracing onto reality. Inspired by David Hockney's 2002 book, Secret Knowledge: Rediscovering the Lost Techniques of the Old Masters , their "machine" facilitates remarkably realistic drawings that is considered a...
Topics: berkeley center for new media, arts, technology, culture, drawing, vision, perspective
"Ken Goldberg hosts a conversation and audience question-and-answer session with acclaimed multimedia artist Laurie Anderson on topics ranging from privacy and politics to art and technology. This event was held in conjunction with Andersonâs newest performance, âHomeland,â which includes songs and stories that create a poetic and political portrait of contemporary American culture. Conceived as one long piece of music, âHomelandâ moves through many worlds, from Greek tragedy to...
Topics: Laurie Anderson, Art, Technology, Culture, Colloquium, ATC, UC Berkeley, University of California,...
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BIO Sabine Breitwieser is the Chief Curator of Media and Performance Art at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. From 1988 until 2007 she was the Founding Director and Curator of the Generali Foundation in Vienna, a corporate funded contemporary art museum. Under her era and lead the museum's building designed by Jabornegg/Pálffy architects was constructed and opened in 1995. Breitwieser has built a distinct program and an important collection of more than 2000 works for Generali...
Topics: Sabine Breitwieser, New York Museum of Modern Art, New York MoMA, MoMA, UC Berkeley, Berkeley...
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Visualization and the Joy of Revelation Artists and researchers Fernanda Viegas and Martin Wattenberg explore the joy of revelation: the special electricity of seeing a city from the air, of hearing a secret, of watching a lover undress. Their medium is data visualization, a technology developed by computer scientists to extract insights from raw numbers. They'll show what happens when this technology is aimed at data sets that range from tropical storms ( hint.fm/wind ) to social networks,...
Topics: berkeley center for new media, arts, technology, culture, visualization, data visualization
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Greg Lynn is a pioneer at the intersection of computing, design, and architecture. His architectural designs have been exhibited at both architecture and art venues, including the 2000 Venice Biennale of Architecture, where he represented the United States in the American Pavilion. His work is in the permanent collections of the California College of the Arts, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and has has been exhibited at the Pompidou, Beyeler,...
Topics: Greg Lynn, Art, Technology, Culture, Colloquium, ATC, UC Berkeley, University of California,...
"In 1968, protesters outside the Democratic National Convention in Chicago chanted âThe whole world is watching,â and shortly thereafter their images appeared on the evening news. These days, protesters bring their own cameras and post their clips on YouTube. Has participatory media effected a structural transformation of the public sphere? How have media technologies and practices changed the roles of public space, performance, and the human body in politics? How have new forms of...
Topics: Mark Tribe, Art, Technology, Culture, Colloquium, ATC, UC Berkeley, University of California,...
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Matmos is M.C. Schmidt and Drew Daniel, aided and abetted by many others. In their recordings and live performances over the last nine years, Matmos have used the sounds of: amplified crayfish nerve tissue, the pages of bibles turning, a bowed five string banjo, slowed down whistles and kisses, water hitting copper plates, the runout groove of a vinyl record, a $5.00 electric guitar, liposuction surgery, cameras and VCRs, chin implant surgery, contact microphones on human hair, violins, rat...
Topics: Matmos, Art, Technology, Culture, Colloquium, ATC, UC Berkeley, University of California, Berkeley,...
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"What happens when a Chinese American lesbian performer borrows from the distinctive cinema and styling of international superstar Bruce Lee to create her own Asian (drag) sensation, aspiring celebrity JJ Chinois? This talk examines the use of video and digital forms and technologies of public celebrity, in concert with queer forms and technologies of the self, for assembling a desirable commodity body in American and transnational popular culture. JJ Chinois is the creation and alter-ego...
Topics: Mimi Nguyen, Art, Technology, Culture, Colloquium, ATC, UC Berkeley, University of California,...
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Prof. Wagner's talk will revisit Marshall Mcluhan's understanding of media: in particular, his mythical notion of social change as sensory change. She will consider Mcluhan's anchoring of history to transformations of the media on which western civilization has been progressively dependent. What is particularly interesting in this context is McLuhan's idea that media exact a bodily toll: their transformation both wound and provoke numbness as the relations of the human sensorium undergo what...
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Maya Lin, Artist and Architectural Designer, New York, "What's Missing?" Art, Technology, and Culture Colloquium September 29, 2014, 7:30-9:00pm The David Brower Center, Berkeley CA Maya Lin’s work encompasses large-scale environmental installations, intimate studio artworks, architectural works, and memorials. She will discuss her body of work focused on a profound respect and love for the natural environment along with her final memorial, the What is Missing? project, which asks...
Topics: architecture, activism, technology
Concatenating, Condensing, Conflating, Confounding, Considering, Contaminating, Contemplating, Conversing, and Conjuring: these are some of the means and ways we employ in our art work. Often, but not always, these technologies employ language, pictures, and sound. Computers are sometimes involved. So are cameras, psychics, magicians, librarians, film sound effects designers and balloon sculptors. Our art practice begins from a shared love of the spoken word, the recorded human voice,...
Topics: Anne Walsh, Chris Kubick, Art, Technology, Culture, Colloquium, ATC, UC Berkeley, University of...
"Questions of art as representation have long been challenged by science and technology. Laszlo Moholy-Nagy wrote in ""Vision of Motion"" (1922), that artists must replace the static principles of classical art with dynamic principles from life. Duchamp and Gabo experimented with new visual forms based on scientific discussions of space and time, and kinetic artists viewed movement itself as a new medium. The 2004 video of Peter Selz is followed by a brief videoclip...
Topics: Peter Seiz, Art, Technology, Culture, Colloquium, ATC, UC Berkeley, University of California,...
Outside of the metropolis, rural area is increasingly becoming a contested zone where the most pressing issues of our time are being played out. These issues include environmental sustainability, global economics versus local economies, issues of food production and genetic modification, and cultural commodification. In the process of adaptation to a shifting global, order vast transformations are taking place in the biophysical, social, and cultural realms - a scenario that is not exempt from...
Topics: Fernando Garcia Dory, atc, berkeley center for new media, landscape art
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Avatar Syndrome has come to refer to the intense longings experienced by fans of the 2009 James Cameron film for the depicted planetary moon Pandora and its Na’vi humanoids. Fans report subsequent depression and even suicidal tendencies because, as one online post declared, “you know you can never actually go to Pandora, as it exists only in our imagination... sigh... :(” Avatar represents a current apex of imaging technologies, even as it depicts a colonial fantasy of sublime nature and...
Topics: photography, art, culture, technology, uc berkeley, ATC, desouza, performance art, firefly, star...
Composer, performer and sound artist Laetitia Sonami presents an overview of work carried out over three decades, including her legendary "lady’s glove," wire writings, hijacked plungers and current attraction to uncontrollable interfaces. The trajectory of Sonami’s research is guided by careful attention to the notion of presence in both the staged performative works and its concomitant gesture of embodiment in installations. Exploring invisible media on the electromagnetic...
Topics: composition, improvisation, sound art, lady's glove, interface design, music
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Choreography is an act that vanishes. Its remnants are commonly witnessed in the bodies of performers reproducing movements and activities. The act of Choreography is private, as opposed to Dance, which is communally shared, or publicly viewed. Choreography occurs, it is transmitted, and it disappears, to become Dance. The transposition of ephemeral choreographic arts into visual arts institutions is not a new phenomenon. However, there are multiple discrepancies between current choreographic...
Topics: Jonah, Bokaer, berkeley center for new media, choreography, dance
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Rick Lowe, Artist and Community Organizer, Houston – “Social and Community Engaged Work: The Genuine and the Artificial” Art, Technology, and Culture Colloquium November 17, 2014, 7:30-9:00pm The David Brower Center, Berkeley CA Rick Lowe is an artist and community organizer and founder of Project Rowhouses, a community-based arts and culture organization in one of Houston’s oldest African-American neighborhoods. In September, 2014, Lowe received a MacArthur Foundation “genius...
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Cheryl Haines, Executive Director,  FOR-SITE Foundation and Curator of “@Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz” – Creative Interventions and Social Activation Art, Technology, and Culture Colloquium November 3, 2014, 7:30-9:00pm The David Brower Center, Berkeley CA Cheryl Haines is Principal and Director of Haines Gallery and Founding Executive Director of the FOR-SITE Foundation, both located in San Francisco. Through her Directorial roles at Haines Gallery and the FOR-SITE Foundation, Haines...
Topics: Ai Weiwei, Activism, Exhibition, New Media
" âThe fact that everything is possible on the Internet reveals mankindâs true essence, the aspiration towards freedom.â âPierre Lévy, âCollective Intelligence: A Civilizationâ The ubiquity of computers and access to the Internet has put the greatest libraries, image databases, and interactive tools at the fingertips of most artists working today. As a result, traditional artistic practice is exploding as artists explore the potential of these new technologies and incorporate them...
Topics: Ray Beldner, Art, Technology, Culture, Colloquium, ATC, UC Berkeley, University of California,...
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Reality Environments:  Persons as Things, Things as Persons Jose Carlos Martinat and Enrique Mayorga Artists, Peru Art, Technology, and Culture Colloquium April 6, 2015, 7:30-9:00pm The David Brower Center, Berkeley CA José Carlos Martinat and Enrique Mayorga present a series of projects carried out since 2003 where, through the use of software, programming, mechanics, objects and sculptural interventions, they analyze and question the performances of individuals and the contexts in which...
Topics: multimedia, architecture, visual art
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ABSTRACT Marc Horowitz will discuss how contemporary information technologies, i.e. smart phones, youtube, social media sites, are changing the way we make and consume art and entertainment. Marc Horowitz is an interdisciplinary artist working in performance, video and installation. The central concerns driving most of his work have to do with engaging strangers around absurdist principles in public and on the internet. These projects engage in a dialog with a diverse range of subjects...
Topics: Marc Horowitz. UC Berkeley, Berkeley, University of California, Ken Goldberg, Susan Miller, Adam...
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Why should scientific research and technological innovations belong only to technicians? Research is at the white hot center of cultural foment. It is affecting everything from the gizmos of everyday life to basic philosophical notions about the nature of reality and what it is to be human. Stephen Wilson challenges the conventions that push Art to the edge of culture. He believe Art can occupy an independent zone of research, undertaking investigations ignored or discredited by commercial...
Topics: Steve Wilson, Art, Technology, Culture, Colloquium, ATC, UC Berkeley, University of California,...
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Social Prosthetics: Technology and the Human Form What gizmo can we use to read our minds, expose our hearts, or settle disputes? What gadget can improve our communication with house plants or buildings or glaciers? We are rapidly reinventing the ways in which we relate to each other and the world around us. Working with communication and body-centric technologies in the creative context enables artists and designers to ask questions, tell stories, and predict possible futures. The projects...
Topics: ATC, berkeley center for new media, prosthetics, wearable electronics, conceptual art, lecture,...
"Michael Rees' conceptual art defies category, combining sculpture, animation, performance, video, installation, and computer software programs to express his interest in the body and its connection to mind and spirit. Rees' work references surrealism and other movements in art history, as well as western analytic science and eastern metaphysics. Rees is a self described ""pataphysician"", a maker of imaginary solutions and an investigator of the truth of contradictions...
Topics: Michael Rees, Art, Technology, Culture, Colloquium, ATC, UC Berkeley, University of California,...
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Scott Summit - Art of the Exoskeleton: 3D Printing for the Human Condition UC Berkeley's Art, Technology & Culture Colloquium What if you could communicate and spread physical products as easily as software or code? And what if you could modify each one to meet the specific needs of the individual? 3D printing offers just that ability, though its potential has only recently begun to be realized. We are now able to create custom solutions for human needs, based on the individuality of that...
Topics: 3d printing, prosthetics, additive fabrication, mass customization
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"Mark Hosler is a founding member of the group Negativland , which since 1980 has created records, video, radio, and live performance using appropriated sound, image, and text. Widely known for being sued for their U2 single, Negativland has released many CDs, gone on tours, and was the subject of San Francisco filmmaker Craig Baldwinâs 1995 feature film Sonic Outlaws. Hosler has been aggressively and publicly involved in advocating a significant reform of copyright laws. âNegativland...
Topics: Mark Hosler, Art, Technology, Culture, Colloquium, ATC, UC Berkeley, University of California,...
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"Is art a science? Is science an art? In contemporary artistic practice, the studio may be a genetics laboratory, while the theoretical physicist, working years ahead of any plausible experiment, often formulates reality according to mathematical aesthetics. Have these two disciplines lost their bearings in the widening wake of postmodernism? Are we seeing just another breed of mash-up? Or do art and science need one another if either is to remain meaningful in the 21st Century? Conceptual...
Topics: Jonathon Keats, Art, Technology, Culture, Colloquium, ATC, UC Berkeley, University of California,...
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"Lets say for a second you are an artist. And just for the sake of argument, that you make work which deals with the moving image...maybe,...Video. So you are a video artist. And yeah, its 2006,...and your videos are short, like 2-3 minutes long. So what do you do with them? Do you screen them on public access? Do you upload them to youtube? Do you sell them in limited editions in a gallery? Do you make music videos for bands? Do you enter in them in underground video/film festivals? How...
Topics: Jose Alvarez, Art, Technology, Culture, Colloquium, ATC, UC Berkeley, University of California,...
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ABSTRACT In the early 1960s cities around the world raced to build revolving restaurants atop hotels, office buildings, and communication towers, considering them to be unequivocal symbols of modernity and progress. These venues attracted customers with the spectacle of a dramatic âmoving view,â while ensuring uninterrupted access to that view over the course of a visit. From a purely technical standpoint, the revolving restaurant can be characterized as a form of kinetic architecture...
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How do you build an monument scale sculptural machine that will last as long as civilization? For the last fifteen years The Long Now Foundation and Alexander Rose have been working on building this icon of long-term thinking. Rose is currently managing the 10,000 Year Clock project underway in West Texas where they have already excavated over 500 vertical feet through solid rock to house the Clock.  Alexander discusses the research and design process that has taken him as far as the arctic...
Topics: ATC, Berkeley, long now, alexander rose, land art, clocks, fabrication, bells, chime, carillon,...
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"All artists are influenced by their tools. For contemporary performance artists, digital technologies are evolving so rapidly that their influence on artistic decisions can be greatly magnified. When the artwork, the tools, and the artist fuse into a single inseparable entity, can art maintain its strength and integrity or is it reduced to being a mere product of a culture seduced by new technology? Pamela Z will explore this question in the context of her extensive experience with tools...
Topics: Pamela Z, Art, Technology, Culture, Colloquium, ATC, UC Berkeley, University of California,...
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"The Google generation now expects to find everything it ever wanted to know online. Undoubtedly, our knowledge society is offering completely new perspectives of learning and connecting, but black holes spoil the overall picture in a dramatic way. 404 Not Found has become a keyword for those searching online. But even the material that is found has to be questioned seriously. Given the lack of a sustained critical scientific discourse for new media, the found material is often a mere...
Topics: Rudolf Frieling, Art, Technology, Culture, Colloquium, ATC, UC Berkeley, University of California,...
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"In May 2004, artist Steve Kurtz was detained by the FBI and subject to a four-year federal investigation for alleged links to bioterrorism, an ordeal widely covered in the press and the subject of a documentary film by Lynn Hershman Leeson. This was his first West Coast public lecture since his acquittal in May 2008. My lecture will be built upon the following premises: First, any action within the cultural landscape performed from a minoritarian political position will be perceived by...
Topics: Steve Kurtz, Art, Technology, Culture, Colloquium, ATC, UC Berkeley, University of California,...
"The history of Gumboot dance illustrates the potential for culture to transform social aggression. Cobi will present Ephemeral Gumboots, a hybrid media artwork/musical instrument that takes South AfricanGumboot dance and extends it as an interface into an electronic music-making system. How does the music of Ephemeral Gumboots reflect the media age in South Africa? How has the artist or facilitator, responded (or succumbed) to the politics and hegemony of technology? For Deleuze and...
Topics: Cobi van Tonder, Art, Technology, Culture, Colloquium, ATC, UC Berkeley, University of California,...
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"Computer programs, like any texts, are not ""objective"" or ""universal""; interactions with these systems inevitably reveal characteristics of the culture that produced them. Prevailing discourses in the field tend to erase this cultural embeddedness. In particular, narratives surrounding computer-based cultural production, such as interactivity, virtual reality and new media, consistently describe processes and practices that strongly resemble...
Topics: George Lewis, Art, Technology, Culture, Colloquium, ATC, UC Berkeley, University of California,...
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Julian Oliver discusses his work as a provocateur who uses engineering to explore questions of privacy, government and corporate transparency, and threat mitigation.  His most recent projects provide the public with opportunities to directly confront these issues. “The Deep Sweep” centers around the design of a low-cost aerial signal intelligence platform the public can send into aerospace to probe for otherwise out-of-reach signals between land and stratosphere, with special interest...
Topics: Julian Oliver, ATC, BCNM
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Geographer and artist Trevor Paglen takes us on a road trip through the world of hidden budgets, state secrets, covert military bases, and disappeared people: through a landscape that military and intelligence insiders call the "black world." Over the course of his talk, Paglen leads us from "non-existent" Air Force and CIA installations in the Nevada desert to secret prisons in Afghanistan and to a collection of even more obscure "black sites" startlingly close to...
Topics: Trevor Pagien, Art, Technology, Culture, Colloquium, ATC, UC Berkeley, University of California,...
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"Although the scope of contemporary visual art is enormous, internet art is still being established as a legitimate category. Strong works of internet art are able to speak about the worlds of informational technology, databases, over-saturation, hacking, etc in ways that other mediums cannot. Furthermore, internet art's place in post-Conceptual art and avant-garde genealogies remains largely uncharted. Rachel Greene will argue that the internet may be the best medium for those interested...
Topics: Rachael Greene, Art, Technology, Culture, Colloquium, ATC, UC Berkeley, University of California,...
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ABSTRACT I build machines, robots and installations for my audience to operate. This interactive work is inspired by political activism, volunteerism and getting people involved in life. The collaboration with the audience completes the work. My collaborators are the audience. The work does not exist without them. I experiment with creating a feedback loop between participant and machine. This work questions the role technology plays in our lives. How far people are prepared to submit to...
Topics: Kal Spelletich, ATC, Art Technology and Culture Colloquium, Berkeley ATC, UC Berkeley, University...
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"CodeZebra is an interactive software and performance environment engaged with current debates in art and science. It enables cross-disciplinary dialogue and exploration using visualization, language games and role play. CodeZebra is predicated on an ongoing and increasingly fertile seduction between the apparently separate, but related species of art and science. CodeZebra explores aesthetics, improvisation, emotion and analysis. It is ""site evolutionary"": CodeZebra...
Topics: Sara Diamond, Art, Technology, Culture, Colloquium, ATC, UC Berkeley, University of California,...
Check out some highlights from the 2010-2011 ATC Colloquium at UC Berkeley. Video by Adam Susaneck
Topics: Art, Technology, Culture, Colloquium, ATC, UC Berkeley, University of California, Berkeley, Ken...
Bill Fontana has worked for the past 30 years creating installations that use sound as a sculptural medium to interact with and transform our perceptions of visual and architectural settings. His sound sculptures use the human and/or natural environment as a living source of musical information. He views music, in the sense of coherent sound patterns, as a process that is going on constantly. His methodology has been to create networks of simultaneous listening points that relay real-time...
Topics: Bill Fontana, Art, Technology, Culture, Colloquium, ATC, UC Berkeley, University of California,...
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Diverse social and political initiatives were rallying points for Berkeley’s free speech/civil rights movement fifty years ago. Today, pioneering methods for working in diverse communities continue by considering the history, culture, and expertise of the area to provide socially relevant, localized outcomes. Brett Cook will share extraordinary examples of socially engaged education including his current Reflections of Healing/Life is Living/Oakland Museum of California projects. Participants...
Topics: social practice, activism
"With dynamic forms, hypnotic movements, and a luminous palette, Shirley Shor creates artworks that seduce and delight. Part of an emerging generation of new-media artists who are redefining how computers can be engaged in the creation of work, Shor makes real-time computer-generated animations and installations that engage the spatial and temporal. In Shor's works, the landscapes are a synthesis between the code and the territory â animated fields of color are in perpetual fluid motion,...
Topics: Shirley Shor, Art, Technology, Culture, Colloquium, ATC, UC Berkeley, University of California,...
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Marcia Tanner is an independent curator and writer based in Berkeley, California. Her talk investigates the ways in which contemporary female artists, such as Kathy High, Nina Katchadourian, Rachel Mayeri, Patricia Piccinnini, Sabrina Raaf, Gail Wight, Diane Willow, and others, employ digital and electronic technology to explore scientific themes and issues. Tanner looks at their uses of interactivity and humor, their interpretations of ârelational aesthetics,â and their morphing of...
Topics: Marcia Tanner, Art, Technology, Culture, Colloquium, ATC, UC Berkeley, University of California,...
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"Marko Peljhan will present a a critical overview of the aesthetic, political and legal aspects of his MAKROLAB project (1997-2007). The conceptual work on the Makrolab project started in 1994 during the Yugoslav civil wars with the purpose of establishing an independent and self sufficient performance and research structure in isolation as an outpost for Utopian removal, survival and a critical reflection of the extreme and entropic societal conditions in which the author and his...
Topics: Marko Peijhan, Art, Technology, Culture, Colloquium, ATC, UC Berkeley, University of California,...
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"Much of the history of representation has concentrated on conveying sense of place. One prominent historical strand is from murals and landscape painting, to panoramas and cycloramas, to wide-screen and 3D cinema. Another strand is from travel writing, to telegraph and radio, to telephone and television. These two strands are converging around the technologies of immersive ""virtual reality"" and the Internet. With our increasing understanding of psychophysics and...
Topics: Michael Naimark, Art, Technology, Culture, Colloquium, ATC, UC Berkeley, University of California,...